Race To Help Find A Cure For DIPG This Weekend
By Mike Perleberg
The Lauren’s Burg Hill 5K on Saturday, August 19 will raise funds for The Cure Starts Now and Lauren’s Fight For Cure. File photo.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lauren Hill never gave up. Neither will runners at the 3rd Annual Lauren’s Burg Hill 5K and 5 Mile Race.
The 19-year-old Greendale resident and Lawrenceburg High School graduate inspired thousands in 2014. Diagnosed with DIPG, a type of terminal brain cancer, she persevered through the side effects of her cancer and treatment to play in multiple basketball games for the Mount St. Joseph University Lions.
Hill died on April 10, 2015. By then, her story had become a rallying cry for finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer. She moved people to donate more than $2 million to The Cure Starts Now Foundation.
“We’re continuing to do this because we want to keep Lauren’s mission going,” says Mark Knigga, the lead organizer of the Lauren’s Burg Hill. “The end game in conjunction with The Cure Starts Now and Lauren’s Fight For Cure is to assist those in need of financial assistance and hopefully find a cure for this terrible disease.”
Lauren Hill goes for a layup at her college basketball debut with Mount St. Joseph University on November 2, 2014. Photo by Andy Lyons, Getty Images.
About 300 people are expected to participate in the race honoring #22 on Saturday, August 19. The five mile run will start at 7:22 a.m., followed by the start of the 5K run/walk at 7:32. Lauren’s high school coach, Zane White, will address the race participants prior to the start.
Once again this year, the race’s finish line will be at the 22 yard line of the Lawrenceburg High School football field.
Registrations are still being accepted for $37.98 per person. There is even a $22 “sleep in option” for folks who don’t want to get up and run that early. Register online at http://www.stuartroadracing.com/schedule.html.
Knigga, a member of the Lawrenceburg Community Schools Board of Trustees, says he hopes to keep the race going each year as long as there are enough people supporting it.
“This is a very worthwhile cause to someone near and dear to this community,” he adds.
Some Lawrenceburg roads, including U.S. 50, will be affected by the race course Saturday morning:
Front Street and 6th. Street from the back entrance of LCSC to 4th Street (6:45 a.m. until approximately 8:15 a.m.)
Fourth Street to Main Street (6:45 a.m. until approximately 8:15 a.m.)
Main Street over the bridge will be CLOSED (6:45 a.m. until approximately 9:00 a.m.)
Doughty Road (inbound traffic of US-50 will be limited to one lane) (6:45 a.m. until approximately 8:30 a.m.)
Bielby Rd. from Old Kroger entrance to SR-48 (Top of the HILL) Limited to one lane going WeStreet (6:45 a.m. until approximately 8:45 a.m.)
US 50 & SR 48 North Lane will be limited to one lane going up the HILL. (6:45 a.m. until approximately 9:00 a.m.)
US 50 West Bound will be limited to one lane from Tiger Blvd. (Walnut Street) to SR-48. (6:45 a.m. until approximately 9:00 a.m.)